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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

Mandy Manning: What we are as a nation: welcoming

Every day we see stories of families, individuals and groups of refugees fleeing to save their lives. Some find help and a welcome in a new country, and others are turned away to seek shelter in another place or return to the nation that forced them to flee. As we prepare to honor World Refugee Day this coming Wednesday, let’s not only remember the plight of refugees throughout the world, but also celebrate the gifts they bring to the nations that grant them refuge.

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Marc A. Thiessen: Trump deserves more latitude and less attitude

Well, that didn’t take long. President Trump had barely departed from Singapore when Democrats in Washington unleashed scathing attacks over his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “What the United States has gained is vague and unverifiable at best. What North Korea has gained, however, is tangible and lasting,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., fumed. “In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., protested. Please. Where were these complaints when President Barack Obama was enjoying peanuts and Cracker Jack with Raul Castro at a Havana ballpark? And a few months ago, Schumer was decrying Trump’s “reckless” military threats and Pelosi was complaining about his “saber-rattling.” Now, suddenly, Trump’s gone from warmonger to the second coming of Neville Chamberlain?

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Values and security

Interesting contrast in recent Shawn Vestal ("Resistance to safe storage for guns is telling," May 23, 2018) and Sue Lani Madsen ("We need culture change, not a law," June 2, 2018) articles regarding citizens Initiative 1639. We have the typical liberal view from Mr. Vestal, that a "law" will somehow change behavior of bad people, while Ms. Madsen points out that the "law" will change the behavior of only law-abiding citizens, whose firearms pose no threat anyway!

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Baker's freedom of religion

As Christians, we are to have love and compassion for the person, but without compromise for the sin. We are to love our neighbors, even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-44). And, we are to submit ourselves to the governing authorities (Romans 13:1-7), but not if it goes against God's word (Acts 5:27-29).

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Krauthammer will be missed

Dr. Charles Krauthammer, arguably the most brilliant and influential conservative mind in America today, is dying of terminal cancer. He is a syndicated columnist, and his columns appeared in thousands of papers across America, including this one until his mysterious disappearance about a year ago.

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Treat our flag properly

Although it was nice to see that two local senior living facilities are hosting a flag exchange June 11 through June 15, supported by local Cub Scout Troop 481, It's too bad they chose to display a photo in their ad of a couple wrapped in the flag as if it were a blanket (Valley Voice, June 7).

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Edward Taylor and Thaisa Way: Bus tour brings Washington state into focus

To ride a bus across the state of Washington is to take a seat next to someone new, slow the journey down, and witness how people live, how things grow, how things are built. To see Washington is to see beautiful cities, mountains, farmland, beaches, rainforests, water and desert – all in one state. Every year, faculty from around the world join the University of Washington, a public institution of higher education and research. They arrive sometimes knowing about Seattle as a technology hub; maybe they recognize Mount Rainier from photographs, have eaten a Washington apple or enjoyed a Washington Merlot.

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Trump got trade right at the G-7: All tariffs must go

President Donald Trump’s unexpected call to remove all trade barriers didn’t gain much traction with other Group of Seven leaders, perhaps because they were fuming about the U.S. president’s behavior during the summit in Canada this weekend. But a partial implementation of the idea would be a good way to defuse the brewing trade war without preventing nations from protecting certain markets. Trump’s demands for fairer terms of trade for the U.S. has focused on tariffs. On average, these levies don’t put the U.S. at much of a disadvantage even though those imposed by the European Union and Canada are generally slightly higher than America’s.

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Conservative stereotyping

Once again Leonard Pitts has demonstrated his elitist ignorance of the majority of the American people ("Judge them by their own words," May 27, 2018). His insulting and arrogant assumption that that anyone who disagrees with him only does so out of stupidity is the hallmark of liberal thinking.

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